A Look Inside V&A Pattern

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January 30, 2010

London's Victoria and Albert Museum has opened up its extensive archives and published the fantastic V&A Pattern volumes. The first four hardcover editions in the series are William Morris, Indian Florals, Digital Pioneers, and The Fifties, and page after page feature prints, patterns, and color combinations. It's an amazing set and resource, as each has a disc with every image in high resolution for use in your own projects and decorative endeavors. Purchase the books individually or as a set at Amazon, and keep an eye out in June 2010 for the next additions to the series: Kiminis, Novelty Patterns, Secret Garden, and Owen Jones. We can't wait!

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  "Ljus i Flaske (Light in Bottles)" is a peacock-esque wallpaper sample by Preben Dahlstrom for Dahls tapetfabrik, block-printed in Denmark. 1956, from The Fifties.
    "Ljus i Flaske (Light in Bottles)" is a peacock-esque wallpaper sample by Preben Dahlstrom for Dahls tapetfabrik, block-printed in Denmark. 1956, from The Fifties.
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  This plotter drawing by Robert Mallary, Untitled, is one of our favorites from the collection. 1981, from Digital Pioneers.
    This plotter drawing by Robert Mallary, Untitled, is one of our favorites from the collection. 1981, from Digital Pioneers.
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  British textile designer William Morris made a tremendous impact on decorative design just before the turn of the nineteenth century. This is "Kennet", 1883, for Morris & Co.
    British textile designer William Morris made a tremendous impact on decorative design just before the turn of the nineteenth century. This is "Kennet", 1883, for Morris & Co.
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  The simple links of "Fibra" break up the lines of Esther Haraszty's furnishing fabric for Knoll. 1953, from The Fifties.
    The simple links of "Fibra" break up the lines of Esther Haraszty's furnishing fabric for Knoll. 1953, from The Fifties.
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  Charles Csuri's "Flies" screenprint depicts a graphic swarm. 1967, from Digital Pioneers.
    Charles Csuri's "Flies" screenprint depicts a graphic swarm. 1967, from Digital Pioneers.
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  Paul Brown's plotter drawing "BIGDIM / 0 10 10 0 0 0 / 200,120 / 11,969" is an intricate progression and deconstruction of geometric shapes. 1979, from Digital Pioneers.
    Paul Brown's plotter drawing "BIGDIM / 0 10 10 0 0 0 / 200,120 / 11,969" is an intricate progression and deconstruction of geometric shapes. 1979, from Digital Pioneers.
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  From Northern India, this sample is a length of printed, painted, and dyed cotton that came from a dress or furnishing fabric. Early 18th century, from Indian Florals.
    From Northern India, this sample is a length of printed, painted, and dyed cotton that came from a dress or furnishing fabric. Early 18th century, from Indian Florals.
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  "Graphica" is a furnishing fabric sample from British textile design maven Lucienne Day for Heal's. 1954, from The Fifties.
    "Graphica" is a furnishing fabric sample from British textile design maven Lucienne Day for Heal's. 1954, from The Fifties.
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  "Collonade" is a wallpaper sample that Robert Nicholson designed for Palladio Wallpapers. 1955 from The Fifties.
    "Collonade" is a wallpaper sample that Robert Nicholson designed for Palladio Wallpapers. 1955 from The Fifties.
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  Liberty & Co. has been a leader in textile designs for well over 100 years. "Kier" is a fruity furnishing fabric from Robert Stewart. 1954, from The Fifties.
    Liberty & Co. has been a leader in textile designs for well over 100 years. "Kier" is a fruity furnishing fabric from Robert Stewart. 1954, from The Fifties.
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  Harold Cohen wrote the computer program that produced "AARON." 2003, from Digital Pioneers.
    Harold Cohen wrote the computer program that produced "AARON." 2003, from Digital Pioneers.
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  James Faure Walker's "Proposition V: Green" is a composite ink jet print. 1991, from Digital Pioneers.
    James Faure Walker's "Proposition V: Green" is a composite ink jet print. 1991, from Digital Pioneers.

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